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Petaling Jaya, 24 April 2013 : Malaysia Airlines and its wholly owned subsidiaries Firefly and MASwings today announced a total contribution of RM638,555 towards the Tabung Wira Lahad Datu Media Prima established to commemorate the services of security personnel who were injured and perished in line of duty defending the sovereignty of Malaysia.
At the cheque presentation ceremony today, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Head of Strategic Communications Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah expressed the company’s appreciation to the security forces who had sacrificed their lives in protecting the nation’s sovereignty. “The whole of Malaysia was affected and deeply saddened by the militant intrusion in Lahad Datu. As a responsible corporate citizen, Malaysia Airlines felt compelled to contribute towards this fund which will be directed to families of the fallen heroes as well as injured security personnel. This also symbolises our overall commitment in supporting the government’s efforts in maintaining safety across our borders.”
“The East Sabah region has some of the world’s best eco-tourist attractions that are very popular amongst foreigners. There are also many support industries vital for both foreign tourist arrivals and improving the livelihood of our locals. Like all Malaysians, we are relieved that the battle with the intruders has come to an end and the affected areas have been declared safe,” added Dato’ Najmuddin.
The national airline serves the East Sabah region with direct B737 flights between Kuala Lumpur and the cities of Sandakan and Tawau, while its subsidiary MASwings’ ATR-72 flights link the Sabah caiptal of Kota Kinabalu with Lahad Datu, Sandakan and Tawau.
Besides that, Malaysia Airlines also flies to Kota Kinabalu from Kuala Lumpur, 89 times weekly and from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, 77 times weekly.